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ROCKWOOL Awarded Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award for WR-Tech™ (Water Repellent Technology)

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation, a subsidiary of ROCKWOOL Group, today announced it has been awarded the Materials Performance Corrosion Innovation of the Year Award for its patent-pending WR-Tech™ (Water Repellent Technology) by Materials Performance magazine, a publication of NACE International. The awards celebrate cutting-edge technologies that are at the forefront of the war on corrosion. WR-Tech is a patent-pending solution that applies an inorganic, hydrophobic additive to the stone wool fibers making the insulation five-times more water repellent (at 482°F /250° C) than standard EN-classified stone wool. WR-Tech was selected from more than 50 nominations and was one of ten technologies to receive the coveted innovation award as judged by a distinguished panel of corrosion experts.

“This award is dedicated to our colleagues who committed themselves to taking up the challenge of bringing the industry the only stone wool insulation capable of repelling water at high operating temperatures,” said Frank Larsen, Managing Director at ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation. “Innovation is not a self-propelled product. Every day it requires dedication to improvement and a commitment to finding and implementing the best ideas – based on real needs from the industry – in close collaboration with our customers and business partners. We are very pleased to receive this award, and we will use it as motivation to continue to develop technologies and products that bring real-world solutions to our customers’ challenges.”

About WR-Tech™
WR-Tech incorporates a revolutionary silicone oil free, inorganic hydrophobic additive with the stone wool fibers. WR-Tech ensures our stone wool maintains its water repellency even under elevated temperatures (250°C or 482°F) throughout the life of the product, and it exceeds the industry’s highest standards for water absorption (EN 13472) providing five-times lower water absorption for the mitigation of corrosion under insulation (CUI).

About ROCKWOOL Technical Insulation
ROCKWOOL® Technical Insulation is a subsidiary of ROCKWOOL Group, the worldwide market leader in technical insulation and North America’s largest producer of stone wool insulation. We cover the entire industrial insulation market including the petrochemical, oil, gas, marine and offshore industries. Our award-winning ProRox® and SeaRox® products help ensure long-term operational success by increasing process performance, improving safety through noise mitigation and fire resilience, minimizing energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and reducing life cycle costs. For more information, visit

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Corrosion Society is the world’s largest non-profit of its kind with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE international provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.